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There are 8 messages in this issue of Spectropop.

Topics in this Digest Number 369:

      1. Re: Brian Wilson in London
           From: "Martin Roberts" 
      2. Re: Brian Wilson London shows
           From: Andrew Hickey 
      3. Grace of My Heart
           From: Alan Gordon 
      4. Cross - Joys
           From: "Paul Payton" 
      5. Archie Comics Slimeballs
           From: Alan Gordon 
      6. Paul Revere and the Raiders - Live?
           From: Alan Gordon 
      7. Re: Dusty Sings The Blues
           From: Michael Rashkow 
      8. Dwight Twilley
           From: "Paul Payton" 


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Message: 1
   Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 19:42:54 -0000
   From: "Martin Roberts" 
Subject: Re: Brian Wilson in London

As I'm sure I've said in previous posts we don't get out
much. Our last night of entertainment was provided by
Steve Crampton with Chris Smith and the String of Pearls
Orchestra at the Palace Theatre Watford. A nice evening,
think I only dozed of a couple of times! But I was happy
to go, Sue would hear a few Dean songs 'live', could be a
laugh. 

When Mick told us of Brian Wilson's concert I was
frightened. I'd loved the beauty & yearning in so many of
these oh so special songs but had also read of the
terrible toll producing them had placed on Brian. We're
these concerts to be another 'Brian's Back'? I knew the
music would be special but how would BW be? I really
didn't want to see a drug-addled, blimp stumbling through
his wonderful creations.

The sense of anxiety I felt was almost as strong as my
excitement at being at there. I needn't have worried the
show was marvelous. A joyous celebration of perhaps the
greatest body of work ever put to record. Wave after wave
of the most beautiful music with Brian seeming at
ease-relaxed even! As Richard said the 'group' were
devoted, no really pushy egos getting in the way of the
music, a pride in their craftsmanship and the most
glorious harmonies.

Brian was in good voice and, with the support of an
adoring crowd, he seemed to be having fun. I couldn't pick
out favourites in the music but would love to be reminded
of all the songs played that night (hope you had a pencil
with you Kingsley!). The first set was the most magical to
me, it was near perfection, Please Let Me Wonder, Surf's
Up, When I Grow Up the tunes just kept coming. Almost from
the first bars I had an inane grin and bobbing head
which-sadly for folks near me-stayed all night! California
Girls and one other 'Beach Boys' song rather than a 'Brian'
one broke the mood a bit but Marcella reminded me why I
liked Hawkind so much!

The second set, I couldn't wait! Pet Sounds Live! It could
not be possible to hear it bettered and the first encore
Surfer Girl, maybe religious is a bit strong but the
emotion! The other encores more 'Beach Boys'... "come on
and rock it's a party!!!" Nothing wrong with this and it
did liven the night up after the mental exhaustion of the
earlier set but I was so grateful to have the night end
with the superb Love & Mercy. 

And Kingsley, I am so jealous, you're going every night
but I'm sure you'll say Tuesday was the best night to be
there. This night could not be bettered!! And maybe for me
one evening like this in a lifetime is enough!
 
Martin


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Message: 2
   Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 16:09:00 -0800 (PST)
   From: Andrew Hickey 
Subject: Re: Brian Wilson London shows

> Have any of our other UK readers been to any of the
> Brian W. shows at the RFH (& beyond) this week? I know
> you have... You're just having trouble putting your
> emotions into words. As am I. 


Yeah, I suspect the rest of my life will be an
anticlimax... the harmonies at the end of Surf's Up...
Good Vibrations... Meant For You...Marcella... greatest
nights of my life.


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Message: 3
   Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 11:58:57 -0800
   From: Alan Gordon 
Subject: Grace of My Heart

> >In it, there's a mention of the movie, "Grace of My
> >Heart," a Brill Building story. I vaguely remember it
> >coming out - and quickly going back in. Has anyone
> >seen it? Is it any good?
>
> I saw its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.  It's
> not entirely historically accurate, so the saddos who get
> annoyed by every picayune detail that's the least bit out
> of place will be annoyed.

darn... i guess that's me.

I enjoyed the beginning of the movie in all it's 1960's
New York splendor.  Great acting too.  But "not entirely
historically accurate" is a bit of an understatement.  I
assume the main characters are amalgams of the "real"
Brille people... but when "Carol King" marries "Brian
Wilson" and then "Brian" commits suicide by lumbering off
into the blue pacific... well... i cried... but not for
the right reasons.

The commentary on the DVD is very interesting, but all in
all, the movie is fairly sugary and melodramatic (the
director acknowledges this in the commentary)

Grace of My Heart

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Message: 4
   Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 12:00:45 -0500
   From: "Paul Payton" 
Subject: Cross - Joys

Mick Patrick: thank you for the Jimmie Cross info. And to
think he also wrote "I Still Love Him" by the Joys - one
of my favorite girl group records and an object of
inquiry a little while back. Did the Joys have any other
output? Any bio info on the group?

Country Paul


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Message: 5
   Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 11:14:53 -0800
   From: Alan Gordon 
Subject: Archie Comics Slimeballs

A little more Archies news.  The man SOLEY responsible
for the creation of Josie and the Pussycats has been
suing Archie comics for a few years now, trying to get
some recompense and/or credit for their creation. Archie
is adamant that they are the sole owners of this property
even thought Dan Decarlo (the creator) created it
originally as a newspaper strip owned exclusively by him
and named after his lovely wife Josie.  As is fairly
normal in situations like this, Dan, thought a
"gentleman's agreement" made with the Archie company was
enough... obviously it wasn't.  Friends of his that were
privy to this agreement were not-so-suspiciously of
failed memory to recall these events during the trial,
since their jobs at Archie would definitely suffer.

The sad addendum to this is that Dan died last month from
a heart attack brought on by extreme pneumonia.

al


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Message: 6
   Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 11:18:23 -0800
   From: Alan Gordon 
Subject: Paul Revere and the Raiders - Live?

Billy G. Spradlin wrote:
>
> Another great party croud is on the "live" side of Paul
> Revere & The Raiders "Here They Come" LP!

I believe this is actually live.

al babe


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Message: 7
   Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 19:36:06 EST
   From: Michael Rashkow 
Subject: Re: Dusty Sings The Blues

In a message dated 1/28/2002 5:52:40 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
doncharleshampton@hotmail.com writes:


> 
> I would echo Mick Patrick in saying what a fascinating
> story from Mike Rashkow on the recording of Dusty's What
> Good Is I Love You. I always thought Ellie did the
> backing on that record but now know differently.
> 
> I still think that's Miss Ellie in the background on that
> single!  I'm absolutely sure that's her singing "Why
> should I still love you . . ."  Didn't Dusty use the
> original Greenwich-Rashkow backing vocal track?
> 

Must be some confusement (in the words of Professor
Longhair).  Ellie, probably Tasha Thomas and possibly a
couple of the Sweet Inspirations--not likely Cissy--maybe
even Mikie did the backgrounds.  I must have misled you
by something I wrote.  Dusty only changed the lead and
the drums.

By the way, to all...I'm on the road now so it will take
me a few days to catch up and read the stuff and see what
I may have to offer.  I'll be back soon.  Just couldn't
let this one drift.

Rashkovsky


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Message: 8
   Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 12:17:42 -0500
   From: "Paul Payton" 
Subject: Dwight Twilley

Sean Anglum wrote: "...Dwight Twilley['s] TTYD can be
found at the end of his "best of" collection titled XXI,
out on Right Stuff a few years back. Boss!"

Indeed. Dwight Twilley is, IMHO, one of the best and
most underrated rock/pop musicians ever etched into
vinyl, up there with Marshall Crenshaw; not too far
behind is his late partner, Phil Seymour. The Right
Stuff collection is highly recommended, as is the
Twilley album with the remarkable tracks "Darlin'" and
"Betsy Sue" (LP name escapes me; worth tracking down)
which should have made it to the collection. In fact,
that album is a greatest-hits-that-should-have-been if
the world were more just....

Anyone know of any new material from Mr. Twilley?
(Contenporary commercial radio probably wouldn't play it
unless he hired some Britrney type to go-go dance in
fron of the band on a video.)

And Sean, I love the "O-Nee-Ders" too!

Country Paul


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